Franklin County Health Officials announced March 25 the first known suspected novel coronavirus (COVID-19) related death of a Franklin County citizen.

The person, a male in his 60’s, has been in the care of doctors at an Indiana hospital since March 13. No further information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws. Hospital officials notified the Franklin County Health Department today of the person’s death.

Officials emphasized the importance of all citizens doing their part to slow the spread of the virus and protect those in our community who might be more vulnerable. Visit the Indiana State Department of Health’s COVID-19 website at https://coronavirus.IN.gov for more information, including frequently asked questions about COVID-19.